Scientists call for more research on sustainability of edible insects

WORLD – Insects-as-food is an undeniably hot and trendy topic given the urgent need to find alternatives to conventional meat products, but according to researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, there is lack of knowledge on their ecological sustainability. An overwhelmingly increasing population, limited amount of agricultural land and rising environmental concerns about…

The Netherlands to form a new institute for food safety and research

NETHERLANDS – The Netherlands is set to create a unique knowledge and research institution for food and feed safety to further its capabilities in research as well as food security matters. The institute will be formed through a merger between RIKILT Wageningen University & Research and the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA)’s…

Ghana’s Cocoa Processing Company announces new board members.

GHANA – Ghana’s Cocoa Processing Company Limited (CPC) has announced new board of members as the company seeks to capitalize on the cocoa sector to improve its sectors, reports Ghana News Agency. The new board which was sworn into office by the Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto includes Mr Kwaku Owusu…

South Africa commits to transforming the fish industry

SOUTH AFRICA – The South African Government has expressed its commitment in transforming the fishing sector as it seeks to expand the multi-billion sector which is currently dominated by only a few companies, reports Business Day. Senzeni Zokwana, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister said the ministry is finalising the allocation of 15-year fishing rights to…

Tanzania Atomic Energy Commission mulls nuclear tech for food preservation

TANZANIA - The Tanzania Atomic Energy Commission (TAEC) is considering development of a food preservation project using Nuclear energy in the country, reports Daily News According to the commission’s Director General, Professor Lazaro Busagala, TAEC is planning to introduce the food irradiation project with a view of reducing the risk of food-borne diseases caused by…

Flipkart and Amazon appeal for more time to comply with new FDI policy

ASIA – Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart have appealed to the Indian government seeking more time to comply with the new Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy for ecommerce. The firms have requested an extension by up to six months to comply with the new regulation announced by the government in December last year that requires a…

Rwanda tea competes Kenya’s in quality and price

KENYA – Rwandan tea recorded better performance at the Mombasa Tea Auction for the year 2018 compared to Kenya’s on the account of high quality that saw increased demand from buyers, reports Business Daily. According to data from the Tea Directorate, a kilogramme of Rwandan Tea on average attracted US$2.82 (kshs 287) against Kenya’s US$2.57…

SA meat industry affected by foot-and- mouth disease.

SOUTH AFRICA – Meat producers in South Africa have raised an alarm on the industry’s performance following the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease which has seen its neighbouring countries suspend importation of SA’s red meat until proof that the disease has been contained. Sandy le Marque, the CEO of the KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union…

Central Bank of Nigeria to compensate 550,000 rice farmers

NIGERIA – The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) said that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has approved compensation via loan for over 550,000 rice farmers affected by the 2018 flood disaster, reports the Vanguard. RIFAN National President, Aminu Goronyo, revealed that CBN governor had directed that the loans should be restructured for a…

Bureau of standards to seize goods without distinctive mark in Uganda

UGANDA - Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) said it will seize goods found on the market without a distinctive mark, giving manufacturers and processors till end of January for certification of all products in the market. Dr Ben Manyindo, the UNBS executive director, said the new regulation is part of the agency’s need to…